Australasian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion

CODE OF ETHICS

A Perfusionist, in any matter concerning the practice of perfusion, and unless there is a compelling reason to act otherwise, shall: 

  1. Respect the rights and dignity of all individuals.
  2. Help all those who seek his or her professional services, without discrimination, fear, or favour.
  3. Provide an honest, competent, and accountable service.
  4. Recognise the extent and limitations of his or her own expertise and undertake only those activities that are within his or her professional competence.
  5. Maintain at all times the highest possible standard of professional competence.
  6. Contribute to the planning and development of services which enable individuals within the community to achieve optimum health. A Perfusionist is expected to behave under all circumstances in a manner that will enhance the honour of the profession.

CODE OF PRACTICE FOR PERFUSIONISTS

A Perfusionist is a skilled person, qualified by academic and clinical education and by practical experience, who operates and controls extracorporeal circulation equipment during cardiopulmonary by-pass, and who additionally may operate and control such equipment during any medical situation where it is necessary to support, or temporarily replace, the patient's circulatory function and who ensures the safe management of physiological functions by monitoring all necessary physiological and pharmacological variables.

All these duties are performed upon prescription by a cardiac surgeon or medical practitioner. Within this document a  Perfusionist is defined as a person who holds current Certification from the Australasian Board or equivalent Certification recognised by the ABCP.

A Perfusionist shall:

  1. Regard the well being of the patient as the first consideration.
  2. Observe the legal requirements relevant to the practice of perfusion.
  3. Supply professional advice and counselling at appropriate times.
  4. Keep abreast of the progress of perfusion technology and knowledge to maintain the highest standards of professional competence.
  5. Respect the trust and confidentiality of professional relationships with the patients.
  6. Consult professional colleagues and other health professionals when deemed to be in the best interest of the patient.
  7. Assist colleagues and other health professionals when called upon for help or support.
  8. Ensure that all equipment utilised in the performance of perfusion is properly maintained.
  9. Ensure that all appropriate safety precautions are taken to safeguard the patient.
  10. Strive to provide full, accurate and truthful information to the patient regarding professional services and avoid misleading the patient regarding the nature, cost or value of the Perfusionist's professional services.
  11. Maintain effective professional relationships with colleagues and other health professionals, refrain from publicly criticising them, and pay due regard to their opinions and achievements.
  12. Endeavour to maintain the confidence and trust placed in colleagues by patients.
  13. Refrain from invidious comparison with colleagues, or by the making of exaggerated or unsubstantiated claims.
  14. Refrain from association with fraudulent and unethical practice and practitioners.
  15. Practise only under conditions which ensure professional integrity. 
  16. Have available at all times a complete manual of Standard Operating Procedures.
  17. Observe the Code of Ethics of the Australasian Board of Clinical Perfusion.
  18. Refrain from inciting other Perfusionists to breach the Code of Ethics.